Listed below are several examples of how we engage our firm to support multiple causes:A core, defining principle of our firm is “Seva” – a Punjabi word that means “Inspired to Serve”. This philosophy of service starts with a commitment by each of our employees to each other, starting with founder and CEO, Sonny Kakar, in our quest to build the highest performing teams centered on competence, innovation and mutual respect. This unified service culture enables our collective Team to deliver enduring results that advance the mission of our Federal Customers. A parallel, yet critical, element of our enthusiasm in our customer’s success extends to achieving desired and meaningful outcomes for the U.S. Taxpayer. Finally, our inspiration to serve includes both volunteering of our time and our funds towards Community service.
Since our inception, Community Service has played a vital role in establishing and strengthening Sevatec’s service culture. Since our inception, we have donated nearly $500,000 toward charitable organizations focused on Human Rights, Education, Medical Research, Community Development, International Aid, and Homelessness. The spirit of giving permeates our organization and has enabled meaningful impacts to many important causes. Our momentum towards increased community service continues to strengthen year by year. It’s great to be part of an organization that continues to thrive in its core business, yet remains ever vigilant about the higher purpose of serving others.
SevaHealth Program: Sevatec's corporate wellness program, SevaHealth, combines fitness and community service to unite employees across the firm. As part of SevaHealth, employees participate in healthy competitions throughout the year using Fitbit devices (Sevatec pays $50 towards the purchase of a FitBit device!). Employees are divided into teams and have the opportunity to choose a team charity to support. Similar to Celebrity Apprentice, Sevatec donates to the winning team's charity that took the most amount of steps each month. Some charities we have supported through this program include Warrior Buddies, American Cancer Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
"Blue Jeans Friday" Initative: Each month Sevatec sponsors "Blue Jeans Friday". For a small donation, staff have the opportunity to come together and wear their favorite pair of jeans to work, while raising funds for a specific charity. Sevatec matches the designated employee contribution for each of these efforts. A few charities that we have supported include: Brain Trauma Foundation, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, STOMP Out Bullying Campaign, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Youth For Tomorrow, Feed the Children, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Service Dogs of Virginia, and Big Brothers / Big Sisters.
Community Involvement Program: Each quarter, our employees volunteer with the community and work with local charities to help those in our community. We work side by side, helping to prepare meals, creating care packages for distribution, and stocking food pantries. A few of the charities we work with are: DC Central Kitchen and So Others Might Eat (SOME).
DC Central Kitchen uses their kitchen as a central location to recover unused food, prepare and deliver meals to partner social service agencies, train and employ homeless men and women for the food service industry, and intellectually engage volunteers. As a community kitchen, they recycle over one ton of surplus food each day that would otherwise go to waste and turn it into 4,000 meals for the hungry in the greater Washington, D.C. region.
Beginning in early 2014, Sevatec employees volunteered to package meals for Kids Against Hunger, a humanitarian food-aid organization, focused on significantly reducing the number of hungry children in the U.S. and to feed starving children throughout the world. Last year alone, volunteers at Kids Against Hunger's food packaging centers across the U.S. packaged nearly 40 million meals for starving children and their families around the world. Originally, our goal was to package 10,000 meals. We have exceeded this goal with packaging nearly 40,000 meal boxes. Thank you to volunteers who continue to dedicate their time to this essential cause!